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Michael Thomas, Mildred Freeman of Oxon Hill, killed in hit-and-run

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UPDATE: Police are searching for a dark colored Chevrolet Cavalier or Geo Prism with damage to the grill or headlights, police said in a news release Wednesday.

They prayed. They sang, and they cried. Family and friends of Mildred Freeman and Michael Thomas, gathered at a vigil Saturday night, united in grief.

"It's a tragedy, I really don't understand it", said John Briggs, Freeman's brother.

Family member say Freeman, 62, and Thomas, 55, were more than just a couple- they were soul mates.

"They was always holding hands going to work", Martina Freeman recalls.
She says her sister and Thomas "...always holding hands when they was crossing the street."

But one such crossing proved tragic.

Police say just before 7 a.m. Friday, the couple were standing in the turning lane along the 6200 Block of Oxon Hill Road, trying to get across the street to catch a bus to work.

But they never made it. Authorities say a gray compact vehicle struck the pair, and left the scene.

"We do in fact believe he knew that he struck two people", says Corporal Mike Rodriguez, with Prince George's County Police.

Police said the vehicle should have front-end damage.

Thomas, a custodian for the county school district, died overnight. Freeman, who worked at an Oxon Hill thrift shop for two decades,
passed away Saturday afternoon.

"When it happened, I said, oh man, c'mon", says Briggs. "When I found out it was my sister, I was devastated."

The family, and police, hope the driver turns himself in.

Freeman's son Gary says , "if anybody saw anything, or heard anything.... and you know, bring these guys to justice."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit Investigator at (301) 306-5640.

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